WOW! Here we are… the flight here was great other than the fact that I forgot the power cord to MY COMPUTER of all things! Thanks to Mary Malone for loaning me her computer!
We arrived in Kiev at 1:30PM and immediately got in a car and raced to Zytohmir (the captial of the region where Aiden was born) to get his birth certificate. Earlier in the week our facilitator was able to get Emma’s birth certificate from her village, but they would not release Aiden’s without us being present. We literally got to the birth certificate office 20 minutes before closing. They didn’t want to get it for us, but our facilitator pressed them and we got it.
We got to Novograd by 7PM and crashed.
This morning (Friday) we were up bright and early. This was a day that went like this drive, sit, wait, sign, drive, sit, wait, sign…… By the end of the day however we have all of our paperwork done and we have the children’s passports in our hands!!!!!!!!!!
By 5:30PM we were back at the orphanage to see Aiden and Emma for the first time since our return. We are so grateful for all of your prayers. THE CHERRY ON TOP of this busy and productive day was that OUR CHILDREN BOTH RAN TO MEET US WITH HUGE SMILES, GREAT BIG HUGS, AND LOTS OF KISSES!
Aiden was the first out of the shoot in his normal fashion and was slobbering kisses and squeezing our necks in 5 seconds flat! He started saying “Bye Bye” in Russian and was pointing to the door!!! Emma found us and threw her arms around me with a huge smile and REALLY HUGGED ME! We played with the kids for about 40 minutes before we had to leave so they could have their dinner. The whole visit was amazing, and we are so glad that they are OURS and this is REALLY HAPPENING!
AND there is a REALLY REALLY GOOD CHANCE THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO COME HOME EARLY!!! More details to come!!!
Love to all,
John and Tracie